Football coach Bruno Metsu, who quit Dubai's Al Wasl last year due to health issues, has died, French media reported on Tuesday.
Metsu, who also led Senegal to the World Cup quarter finals in 2002, was 59 and had been fighting cancer.
Local newspaper La Voix du Nord, sports daily L'Equipe and France Football magazine reported that Metsu, who quit his coaching job at Dubai club Al Wasl last year to fight stomach cancer, passed away overnight at his Dunkirk home in northern France.
Metsu signed a two-year contract with Al Wasl in July 2012, a week after Diego Maradona was dismissed from the club.
The much-travelled Metsu, also known as "The White Sorcerer", also coached the UAE, Guinea, Qatar, and several clubs in the Gulf region.
Metsu's success with Senegal led him to the lucrative Middle East, where in the UAE, he took over defending champions Al Ain, owned by the Emir of Abu Dhabi.
He led the side to victory in the first edition of the re-branded AFC Champions League in 2003, completing a double including the country's league championship. He also led the UAE to Gulf Cup glory in 2007.
This led to a host of offers for the Frenchman, who joined Qatari side Al-Gharafa to the dismay of his former employers. Metsu was eventually forced to pay a fine for breach of contract.For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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